Missing British tourist found dead in Vietnam

Hanoi, June 9 (IANS) A British tourist, missing in Vietnam’s Lao Cai province since June 4, was found dead on Thursday, officials said.

The body of Aiden Shaw Webb, 23, was found 2,800 metres above sea level, according to a report by Vietnam’s state-run news agency (VNA).

Initial assessment by rescue teams showed that the British tourist had died around three days ago, Xinhua news agency reported.

Webb and his girlfriend arrived in Lao Cai’s Sa Pa town on June 2.

In the early morning of June 3, Webb went climbing while his girlfriend stayed at the hotel. He started the journey in Sin Chai hamlet and followed the direction of the cable car system to Fansipan summit.

During his journey, Webb and his girlfriend maintained contact via phone. Webb told his girlfriend that he had sustained injuries to arms and legs. Contact between Webb and his girlfriend was lost at 6.00 a.m. on June 4.

After receiving information of the missing tourist, Sa Pa authorities sent rescue teams to the area.

The path to the 3,143-metre Fansipan summit, the highest peak in Vietnam, is said to be very dangerous.

–IANS

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